There is a truly extraordinary exhibition at the Met in NYC, featuring the drawings of "Il Divino" -- the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564). My daughter and son had the opportunity to see a preview yesterday, and said that it is amazing. If you are in New York over the next few months, and have any interest in drawing, you must see it! You'll never again have a chance to view these intimate, personal artworks in this way. We salute Dr. Carmen Bambach, the curator of this project, which took her eight years to realize. For more information about tickets, open hours, etc., go to the website at www.metmuseum.org.
~ Betty Edwards
From the Met: "This towering genius in the history of Western art is the subject of a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, Michelangelo was celebrated for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il Divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today. This exhibition presents a stunning range and number of works by the artist: 133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. Among the extraordinary international loans are the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de' Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace. Selected from 50 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will examine Michelangelo's rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer."